Services for seniors
Learn more about financial, health, continuing care, and protection services in Alberta for people 65 years of age and older. For a complete overview of everything the Alberta government offers seniors see our programs and services booklet.
Retirement and other factors can put strain on the financial situation of seniors, requiring financial assistance.
The Alberta Seniors Benefit Program provides financial support to Albertans 65 years of age and older. This benefit is in addition to federal programs such as Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Federal Allowance and the GST credit.
Special Needs Assistance for Seniors is available to assist low-income Alberta seniors in funding one-time expenses including necessary home repairs, appliances and medical costs.
The Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program compensates for increases in the education portion of seniors' property taxes.
As you age, health becomes a growing concern. To help out, Alberta offers a variety of health-related assistance programs.
If you or a loved one suffers from a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program is available to help Albertans maintain independence at home, in lodges or group homes. The program provides financial assistance to buy essential medical equipment and supplies.
The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides financial and health-related assistance to adults and seniors with a disability. Eligible disabilities are permanent and severely limit a person's ability to earn a living.
Alberta's continuing care system provides Albertans with the health, personal care and accommodation services they need to support their independence and quality of life. Continuing care options include home living, supportive living and facility living.
Seniors may be more vulnerable than others. Alberta offers protection for vulnerable adults to keep all of our citizens safe.
Alberta makes it easy for your wishes to be respected. Personal directives are legal documents that allow you to name a decision maker and/or provide written instructions to be followed when, due to illness or injury, you are no longer able to make decisions such as where you will live or the medical treatment you will receive. The Adult Guardian and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) has a similar function, providing options and safeguards to protect vulnerable adults who may want assistance or are no longer able to make all of their own decisions.
Fraud awareness is important for seniors who may be targeted by criminal fraud. Several resources and agencies are available to assist seniors, caregivers and others faced with a potential fraud situation.
Doctors, clinics and hospitals
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Date Updated: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:33:57